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Boris says Olympic road race will be one of the ‘greats’

Boris Johnson and Denise Saliagopoulos at Surrey County Council's Little Woodcote Estate on 23 February

London and Surrey will host one of the world’s greatest cycle road races according to Boris Johnson.

Meeting up with Surrey County Council’s Denise Saliagopoulos, who is overseeing Surrey’s involvement in the Games, the Mayor of London praised Surrey County Council’s Olympic preparations.

Mr Johnson said: “I think Surrey is doing a great job of preparing for the Olympics and I’m very pleased that some of the events will be going through Surrey.”

“The Olympic road race is going to be one of the ‘great’ cycling road races …and as many people in Surrey as possible should come out and watch it.”

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games said: “We are working closely with our London neighbours on what will be one of the most exciting Olympic events.

“Surrey has front row seats and I’m sure as many people as possible will make sure they catch a glimpse of the race. Nine times around Box Hill is going to be a real test for the world’s best cyclists.”

Boris Johnson and Lord Coe at Surrey County Council's Little Woodcote Estate

Mr Johnson made the comments while visiting the Sutton Community Farm in Surrey County Council’s Little Woodcote Estate with LOCOG chair Lord Coe.

The pair were there to launch ‘The Big Dig’ volunteer gardening weekend (16 – 17 March), which will give Londoners a taste of food growing.

The event is part of a drive to create 2012 community food growing spaces by the end of the Olympic year.

Click here to read the full press release from the Mayor of London’s office.

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For more information, journalists can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email nicole.herlihy@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Sutton Community Farm has been an active participant in Surrey County Council’s programme of business support and development workshops encouraging business growth within the Councils’ rural and smallholdings estates. The initiative includes the introduction of horticultural and agricultural apprenticeships.

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